# All inmates in the Pollsmoor prison in Cape Town’s Medium A Section have been placed under lockdown following an outbreak of diphtheria that claimed the life of a 19-year-old. Another eight people have tested positive for the disease, described as highly contagious and potentially life-threatening. Correctional Services’ spokesperson, Delekile Klaas, says the department has informed the courts the prisoners won’t attend cases for at least the next two weeks. No staff members have been affected, but have been asked to exercise caution.
Inmates in Pollsmoor section in lockdown after deadly diphtheria outbreak